The W.C. Handy Music Festival

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the 40th W.C. Handy Festival possible!

We hope to see you at next year’s W.C. Handy Music Festival- July 22nd through July 31st, 2022.

The 40th Annual W.C. Handy Music Festival in 2021 would not have been possible without financial support each year from:
Colbert and Lauderdale County Commissions
Cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia
Businesses and Individual Festival Friends

The W.C. Handy Festival also depends upon the generosity of those who provide in-kind services and very much appreciates the following:

Simpson Wrecker Service
for providing truck beds for stages

River City Equipment Rental & Sales
, Inc. for the use of the light tree which shined light on Handy Headquarters and our performers at Wilson Park

Muscle Shoals Public Library
for use of their hot spot which provided internet access

Cities of Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals for use of city property including parks, streets, a coliseum, an amphitheaters, court house lawns, and even our Handy Headquarters!

Our Street Party Coordinators made it possible for Festival attendees to enjoy music while remaining outdoors for increased protection from Covid spread.

Special thanks and congratulations on successful Street Party events to:

Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, sponsor of the W.C. Handy Street Party on East Poplar

Downtown Florence Alliance & FirstBank, sponsors of the Handy Block Party on Downtown Court


Ms. Deidre Thomas who hosted TWO Street parties- Jettsetters Westside Street Party and Apollo at Jetsetters, both on West Mobile


Promotional Flyers

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FRIDAY, JULY 30HANDY MUSICAL LUNCHES11 am-2 pm 306 Barbeque, Florence – Jazz Allstars (Robert Redd, Sue Matthews, Mark Lanter)306 Barbeque, Muscle Shoals –Jazz Allstar John McAndrew 11:30-2:30 pm FloBama, Florence – Microwave DaveDOCUMENTARY: MUSCLE SHOALS1 pm Featuring: Sponsored by:Alabama Music Hall of Fame Lobby, 617 U.S. Hwy 72 West, TuscumbiaRick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Wilson Pickett, Gregg Allman, Bono, Alicia Keys, and More! Alabama Music Hall of Fame * Music Preservation Society, Inc.W.C. HANDY MOVIE: ST. LOUIS BLUES1 pm Featuring: Sponsored by:Alabama Music Hall of Fame Lobby, 617 U.S. Hwy 72 West, TuscumbiaSt. Louis Blues, movie starring Nat “King” Cole as W.C. Handy Alabama Music Hall of Fame * Music Preservation Society, Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
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JOHNNIE TAYLOR TRIBUTE Clarion Hotel, 4900 Hatch Boulevard, Sheffield 8 pm Show begins (doors open at 7 pm) Cost: $15 Advance, $20 at the door Featuring: TJ Hooker Taylor * Diedra, the Alabama Blues Queen & Band * Cadillacs Sponsored by: Debbie Dixon SKB * Holt’s Radiator * SNL * Midgard Storage * Options Wellness Center JETTSETTERS WESTSIDE STREET PARTY 8:30 pm Outside 713 West Mobile Street, Florence Info: Bring your lawn chairs and coolers, food vendors on site. Featuring: Official Clutch Band from Birmingham Sponsored by: Jetsetters SpaLon, Mitchell’s Bail Bonding, Saints Funeral Home, Regional Bail Bonds, Z Meagan Clark-Le’Hayven Ztyles ... See MoreSee Less
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Handy Concession Locations

Colbert County Tourism
719 U.S. Highway 72
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Operating Hours
M-F: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

Counts Brothers Music
713 Waverly Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

Operating Hours
M-F: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: Closed

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
10 Hightower Place
Florence, AL 35630

Operating Hours
Sun-Sat: 24-7